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…Claytorial wants to help you understand?


Claytorial is the claymation version of Common Craft, and their goal is to “help people understand complicated things”.

Their first demo is for a magazine called More2Girls, and it shows off what they’ve got in store, though I can’t wait to see what they can with a concept like the Google spider, which is currently in their upcoming section.

For now though, it’s a great start, and a good look at an area that I think we’ll see a lot of in the coming year. (Explanations for complex technologies and services in simple and easy to understand ways.)


…It’s TGI Friday: Robokill: Titan Prime?

Robokill: Titan Prime

Robokill: Titan Prime isn’t a game for strategists that like to pick and prod their way through complicated levels filled with puzzles and mazes.

Robokill: Titan Prime is however a game for shoot ‘em up gamers that love to buy the biggest guns possible and blast their way through entire rooms full of baddies.

Done in top down style, and filled with fantastic level design, engaging enemy personalities, and RPGish weapon upgrades, Robokill: Titan Prime is guaranteed to keep you fighting for survival for hours at a time with guns ablazin’.

[Robokill: Titan Prime]

[Via: Rock, Paper, Shotgun]

…It’s TGI Friday: Music Catch?

Music Catch

Music Catch is an interesting game that takes the music visualization concept and lets you play with the results.

Different colored shapes are worth different amounts of points, and the goal is to catch as many yellow shapes as possible without touching the red shapes as they appear in time with the music (the purple shapes count as bonuses if you can catch those as well).

It’s definitely not a complicated game, but the music makes it almost like a meditation, so it’s a nice time waster if you’re looking for a few minutes of break. (Plus it kind of makes you feel like you’re getting to play around in the Bellagio lake!)
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…It’s Things Thursday: Nimbus Cloud Computer?

Nimbus Cloud Computer

The Nimbus Cloud Computer “works like a PC” only it’s “better than a PC” because it’s free. Instead of paying for the Nimbus, you simply allow them to show you an ad while using the computer, and it pays for itself. If you don’t want the ad, you can also pay a monthly fee to use the Nimbus ad free, but where’s the fun in that?

    A Cloud Computer is a re-imagination of the idea of a computer. We think that an ordinary computer is too expensive, too complicated, and too much for what most people want to use a computer for. What we did is put all of the costly and complicated pieces of hardware and software into our data centers. You then use a smaller, simpler, much less expensive device that’s always connected to the internet to control your computer. We think this is a much better way for you to do just what you want with a computer.

The computer comes with a keyboard and mouse, and you simply provide a monitor and Internet access, and you’re on your way.

Is this the future of computing?

[Nimbus Cloud Computer]

[Via: Spark Plugging]

…Goog 411’s voice is complicated?

Goog 411

If you’ve ever used Goog 411, Google’s free 411 service (And if you haven’t, I suggest you do. Just dial 1-800-GOOG-411.) then you’ve probably heard the “biddy-biddy-boop” sound that the service makes while looking for your request.

This “fetch audio”, created by Google’s senior voice expert, Bill Byrne, is more unique than you might think.

It had to have “just the right tone, the right mood, the right signal. It can’t be busy or too monotonous, it has to be a quick noise to evoke efficiency. It can’t be too uniform, like a ticking clock.”

I guess that sound is more complicated than one would think. No wonder they hired a voice expert just to design it!

[Goog 411]

[Via: GigaOM]